The regiment is commanded in the field by field officers elected in
December, at the same time that corporate officers are elected. The
officers, which are based on the active number of members in the group,
are as follows:
2. 1st Sergeant
3. 2nd Sergeant
4. 1st Corporal
Actual companies were composed of around 100 men. We have approximately
25% of that number and few things look worse at a reenactment than to have
a Captain, a Lieutenant, two Sergeants, two Corporals and three Privates.
As mentioned, elections are held in January. The 1st Sergeant elected
with the largest number of votes acts as the Federal 1st Sergeant. The
Sergeant elected with the second highest number of votes serves as the
Federal 2nd Sergeant but will assume the rank of 1st Sergeant in the
absence of the 1st Sergeant or if the group is representing the 8th
Louisiana. The Federal 1st Sergeant, at events where we are the 8th
Louisiana, will assume the role of 2nd Sergeant. Rank is available to all
regular members and the position may be held for consecutive years,
depending on the voting.
In addition to the above ranks, we elect a Quartermaster, who is retained
without rank. He is in charge of all procurement of supplies, weapons,
gunpowder, unit insignia, etc. and this position may be held for
Dues for our unit are presently $20.00 per year and are collected in
January of each year. Dues are set by vote of the entire membership.
Dues are used to provide equipment for our unit such as unit flags,
water barrels, loaner weapons, loaner equipment, and to purchase material
for own events. A new recruit must pay $10.00 upon completion of his
application and will owe another $10.00 after six months, unless he joins
after June 1, in which case he will be billed regular dues of $20.00 in
January in lieu of the second $10.00 charge. In no case will he have to
pay more than $20.00 in a calendar year.
8th Louisiana Company B